The temperature gauge registered 103 degrees when we rolled into town Sunday afternoon. It didn’t feel very welcoming. According to the weather forecast, it was going to be in the high 90s and into the 100s all week. They may have been off by some degrees, but I’m taking measures to stay cool.
I regulate my home temperature not with air conditioning, an attic fan, a swamp cooler, or even portable fans, but by strategically opening and closing windows and blinds. Mid-morning when the sun starts heating things up I shut doors, windows, and blinds. I swing them open again in the evening just as the sun sets and the temperatures start dropping. In Colorado the nights are remarkably cool, which makes this technique work.
A switch of the stove or oven and my efforts to keep the house cool are foiled. To prevent “cooking” the house, I set up an outdoor kitchen on my back patio. I’ve been using a camp stove and a slow cooker. I’ve made a zucchini-onion scramble and jalapeno-lime pinto beans (made in the slow cooker) and fried corn cakes, among other things.There have been cold foods served up as well, like the Asian veggie bowl with raw cabbage, carrots, zucchini, red pepper, green onions, and cilantro on top of rice noodles and dressed with a peanut sauce.
Oddly enough, we don’t dinner eat outside very often in the summer, unless it’s cloudy or later in the evening. My back patio faces west and gets that late afternoon sun that scorches. Not always pleasant for the person facing west. I’m not sure why it’s never occurred to me before, but I strung a clothes line between two wrought iron poles, clipped a tablecloth to it, and suddenly our picnic table was shaded from that harsh sun and meals are enjoyed alfresco.I moved afternoon walks to the evening. My dog is happy about that. There’s also that cold bucket of water to jump into. How are the temps in your neck of the woods? Are you staying cool?